THACKERAY: Music-hall Sarge? No! I'm more of a melodrama man meself.
CRIBB: But you have been inside a music-hall?
THACKERAY: I've had to..... But it's not my cup of tea.
CRIBB: From now on it's going to be ...
Sergeant Cribb is assigned to look into mischief taking place at entertainment halls in Victorian London in Abracadaver, the third mystery in this series by Peter Lovesey. This novel was originally published in 1972.
Sergeant Cribb fears the incidents, all relatively minor in nature so far, will escalate into something more serious when he receives a playbill with the following words circled: "Sensational" Hatchet Thrower, Jason Buckmaster "Tragedy" Actor and Rhetorician, Grampian in Blackfriars Road "Tonight" — Sensational Tragedy Tonight. Cribb and his partner Constable Thackery believe they have the answer but then another crime is committed, this time murder. Together, the detectives set a trap that they hope will ensnare the killer before another death occurs.
Novel By: Peter Lovesey
Adapted by: Geoffrey M. Matthews
Producer: David H. Godfrey
Det-Sgt Cribb: Frank Windsor
Constable Thackeray: John Hollis
Music-hall barker: Alan Dudley
Lola Pinkus: Jane Knowles
Bella Pinkus: Helen Worth
Jason: William Eedle
Education Officer: Douglas Blackwell
WOOlstOn: Rolf Lefebvre
Woman pie-seller: Olwen Griffiths
Mum: Margot Boyd
Albert: Nigel Anthony
Major Chick: Peter Bathurst